GOOD DAYDeportivoItÃ¢ÂÂs been a troubling start to 2009 for La Liga Loca. The blog returned from foreign parts to find an odd smell of an unknown source in the kitchen and the deeply troubling concept that it might have to take Deportivo seriously now. Heck, it may even have to watch one of their games. An away win against Getafe on Sunday night sees LotinaÃ¢ÂÂs lot move away from their seventh place comfort zone and into the badlands of the UEFA Cup places. And thatÃ¢ÂÂs a fairly remarkable performance for a club that boasts Riki and Bodipo as strikers. With 30 points on the board and Ã¢ÂÂthe return of SuperDeporÃ¢ÂÂ according to Marca, the blog has its fingers crossed for three more victories and then a slow and steady decline as the players focus on the more important task of buying sports cars. Thierry HenryFrom being a player that the Catalan press were prone to cocking the biggest of snooks at, the sulky striker is now back in the Barcelona good books with his ninth league goal of the season against Mallorca. Ã¢ÂÂYou donÃ¢ÂÂt win the league against Villarreal, Sevilla, Valencia or Madrid, but also against Getafe, Racing, Numancia and Mallorca,Ã¢ÂÂ confirmed Henry, forgetting that Barcelona lost against Numancia and drew against Getafe and Racing. TitiÃ¢ÂÂs tally is now just three behind last yearÃ¢ÂÂs La Liga total and that stat has got the likes of Sport very sweaty indeed. But not as gurgly and gushing as their report over MaradonaÃ¢ÂÂs visit to SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs game and the training centre.
Ã¢ÂÂJeff Stelling will be going mad,Ã¢ÂÂ my father-in-law Den said, after Michael Nelson majestically headed Hartlepool United into a 1-0 lead in the FA Cup Third Round against Stoke City.StellingÃ¢ÂÂs response was uppermost in the minds of jubilant Pools fans as they streamed out of the Victoria Ground on a bitter, bright January afternoon. Ã¢ÂÂHeÃ¢ÂÂll be doing his nut,Ã¢ÂÂ said one, while another rang his missus: Ã¢ÂÂWe won 2-0. Put the telly on and see what Jeff StellingÃ¢ÂÂs doing.Ã¢ÂÂStelling was, indeed, doing his nut in the studio, insisting PoolsÃ¢ÂÂ 2-0 dismissal of Stoke was the Ã¢ÂÂshock of the day.Ã¢ÂÂ